Environment Washington announced Thursday, April 11 the release of its new report illustrating how Washington could be doing more to develop solar energy in our state. The report calls for the equivalent of 150,000 solar homes by 2020 in order to create clean energy, cut carbon pollution and boost our economy.
During a press conference held Thursday, Environment Washington's Program Associate, Robb Krehbiel, explained how Washington receives 30% more sunlight than Germany and called on Governor Inslee to develop a set of smart solar policies that would enable 5.5% of Washington's electricity to come from the sun by 2025. Additionally, Howard Lamb, President of Sunergy Systems and Policy Chair for Solar Washington, expressed the need for all solar stakeholders to work together in developing good policy that will keep money and jobs in Washington. Finally, Seattle City Councilmember Mike O'Brien and Joe Deets of Community Energy Solutions made it clear that the people of Washington are ready for more solar, and will support good solar policy with their votes.